Five simple rules for keeping an empty inbox

November 25, 2006 at 11:11 pm Leave a comment

Five simple rules for keeping the inbox clean:

  1. If you don’t need to read it now, it shouldn’t be in your inbox.
  2. If you’ve already responded to it, it shouldn’t be in your inbox.
  3. If
    it comes from a known source (some person, retailer or mailing list
    that sends you mail more often than once every few months) it should be
    labeled automatically.
  4. No one needs to look at their own inbox more than once an hour (and for many, once every 2-3 hours).
  5. To borrow from the cult of GTD, re-factor constantly and mercilessly.

Commentary for each of these is provided.

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